The Lakes

The Great Lakes -- Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior -- are among the most important bodies of water in the world. They are the largest readily accessible source of freshwater on Earth – roughly 20 percent of the total supply -- and contain more than 80 percent of North America’s surface water supply.

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Invaders of the Great Lakes... Sea Lamprey

Jun 1, 2016

The sharp scent of chemicals bites the air as Jason Krebill wades in a creek and pulls out two slippery, slimy, parasitic creatures.

He was holding dead adult sea lampreys one in each hand. They were about two feet long, with suction-cupped mouths, lined with nearly a dozen rows of sharp teeth.

Emerald shiner research a highlight for Great Lakes Center

May 27, 2016

A tiny fish has been making a big splash in local aquatic research. The emerald shiner is the focus of a research project at Buffalo State’s Great Lakes Center. The bite-sized specimen is only a few inches long, but it plays a big role in the local aquatic system.

Scajaquada Creek a hot spot in local clean-up event

May 27, 2016

Joggers whisk by in pairs or with pets along the path at the Delaware Park Marcy Casino. It’s a typical late spring morning with trees budding, water fowl floating in Hoyt Lake and the sour aroma of the Scajaquada Creek wafting in the air.

This month, the Ohio EPA could place the western Lake Erie basin on its impaired list, a biennial list of waters that do not meet state water quality standards. And with harmful algal blooms posing a threat to drinking and recreational waters every summer, advocates say there’s a clear need to clean up Lake Erie.  But is the impaired designation the solution?


Boaters warned of invasive species spread

May 27, 2016

When you’re taking your boat out on the water this season, be sure you don’t bring along any hitchhikers.

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